Saturday, February 26, 2011

One Magazine Has Seen The Future and We Share it With You . . .

I normally don't recommend Canadian Magazines (especially those owned by the Rogers empire) but I must admit the latest issue of CanadianBusiness (CB, March 14, 2011) is one of the most interesting the magazine has had in a long time.

For starters, I think every investor should read their excellent article on China and Its Future -- its not what we're all afraid it may be.  But it's something we should all be afraid of.   Enough said, just find a copy of CB's latest issue.

Now, to the other "FUTURES" in our life -- and I don't mean "futures" as in "futures contract as defined in Wikipedia, "in finance, a futures contract is a standardized contract between two parties to buy or sell a specified asset (e.g. oranges, oil, gold) of standardized quantity and quality at a specified future date at a price agreed today (the futures price)."   No, I'm talking about what's in the future of our lives.   CB's Special Report is well worth looking at.  The report is 13 pages long and the material is broken down into eight major categories.   Let me give you just a few highlights:

A. On Automation: It suggests you watch the player Quanser, a Toronto-area firm replicating the sense of touch through mechanical vibration; watch Dreambots, the Israeli maker of WheeMe massage robot with rubber wheels that massage you and sensors that keep it from falling off the patient's back; and watch Ilshim Global with its Windoro window-cleaning robot, using parts that work on both sides of a window at the same time with the help of magnets.

B. On Mobile communications: Watch the Dutch Layar that transforms a phone camera viewer into a local business portal by just pointing it down the block; and watch U.K. grocery chain Tesco with an app that allows users to generate shopping lists by scanning product ba codes and organizing them by store layout.

C. On the earth's Far North: Watch Arcelormittal, the steel giant that aims to become the first iron-ore mine in the Arctic with a seaport and railroad cost $4B; watch the Norwegian Hydra Tidal group that started testing its floating power plant north of the Arctic Circle that generates power from tides; and watch NTCL, the Inuit-owned shipping company that is fielding more inquiries about export shipments via the Arctic from Asia and elsewhere.

That's it for part one of this topic.  Stay tune for blog two later on today or tomorrow.




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